The spectre of Andy Carroll wearing a Spurs shirt may have moved a little closer to reality with news that Newcastle’s Alan Pardew has made an enquiry for Cardiff’s Jay Bothroyd. Bothroyd’s arrival could see Carroll on his way out of the club with price tags in excess of £20m being mentioned.
Opinion on Carroll’s ability and his possible value to the club seems to split supporters down the middle. Eleven goals in the Premiership this season make him the third placed goal scorer and at just 22, there seems to be potential there at the very least.
Aside from his ability, Carroll clearly has some baggage to come with him and would Harry really want to deal with that at this stage of his career? One of the pleasures in following football in the mid to late 1990’s was witnessing the antics of West Ham and their problem players including Raducioiu, Futre and the unforgettable Marco Boogers. Since then, Redknapp has, in the main, avoided this type of player.
It seems inconceivable that Harry would have the patience with Carroll if he continues to go off the rails outside of the game, but is he the striking option that Spurs will go for this January?